Maryland Ranked #2 for LEED Certified Buildings

Maryland Ranked 2 for LEED Certified BuildingsAccording to the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Maryland is ranked #2 for LEED certified buildings. The USGBC, which is an international non-profit organization dedicated to green building strategies and certifications, used data from the 2010 census report to compile its list, in addition to factoring in green building projects in 2013.

The Baltimore Business Journal recently reported that in 2013 the state of Maryland had 119 projects LEED certified, representing 12,696,429 square feet of building space. Major 2013 projects included the Perdue Corporate Headquarters (Salisbury), the Edward A. Garmatz U.S. Courthouse (Baltimore), and the M&T Bank Stadium (also in Baltimore, but originally finished in 1998).

At its core, LEED is a program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. LEED works off of a point system. If a building acquires enough points in its rubric (the rubric differs for each building type), then it becomes certified. Main categories for certification include:

  • Sustainable site credits
  • Water efficiency credits
  • Materials and resources credits
  • Indoor environmental quality credits

The USGBC describes their highly successful LEED program as “transforming the way we think about how our buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED is a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle recognizing best-in-class building strategies.” LEED programs certify 1.5 million square feet per day of building space in 135 countries.

The Baltimore regional chapter, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created in 2004 as the U.S. Green Building Council Maryland, remains the regional forum for leadership, advocacy and education regarding a host of green initiatives.

To learn more, please call Dina Bernstein, 410-307-2242 or dbernstein@katzabosch.com

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